Students at Carlson Elementary are looking forward to a new playground in which they play an important part in the decision-making. Students provided design input and will continue to provide input as the playground progresses.
Clear Creek School District is enthusiastic about bringing real-world experiences to their Empowered Learners. By involving Carlson students into the process of designing their own playground, students experienced self-advocacy, collaboration, and community engagement. Soon they will learn about architecture, purchasing, and construction. This work-based learning provides experiences that students will use in the future, no matter what their chosen path is.
The 32-year old playground was torn down recently and construction has begun. It all started last spring when Carla Cole of Space Inc. came to school and asked students, what do you want in a new playground? Ms. Cole created a design board for ideas, and overwhelmingly the kids said they wanted a playing field as part of the space.
“I am always game for discussing the process with the kids and giving them a taste of what design and engineering is all about. The building of a playground is so hands-on since this is in their backyard,” said Ms. Cole. She hopes to continue to engage the students and get them excited about what is coming.
“When the students saw the design, they were thrilled that their ideas were included,” said Brittaney Pauley, sixth-grade teacher at Carlson. “The project is taking longer than expected because of COVID, but I’m hopeful that the sixth-graders will play on it before they move on to middle school!”
Work-based learning is part of a major shift that Clear Creek School District embarked upon over the past year, as they became part of the Homegrown Talent Initiative. “This shift is all about connecting students with meaningful, community based learning opportunities. Every child in CCSD should see his/her place in our community, should be hopeful about the future, and have opportunities beyond graduation,” said Karen Quanbeck, superintendent. “As a school district, we have a responsibility to foster this hope, in partnership with our local businesses, organizations, educators, and families.”
If you would like to donate to Clear Creek School District on Colorado Gives Day, please click here to visit the ColoradoGives.org Clear Creek School District page.
Clear Creek Community,
CCSD is thrilled to share the news that our district has been named a recipient of Governor Polis’ Recovery, Innovation, and Student Equity (RISE) grant! This grant is designed to support innovation and address challenges in education as a result of COVID. This is an exciting moment for our students, educators, and families, as we look ahead to opportunities to redesign how we do school, together.
During the last nine months, we have learned so much as a result of the challenges we’ve faced: connections to community and each other matter; students need voice and choice; engaging, experiential learning is better than compliance driven learning. We also now know that you cannot take instruction designed for in person learning and simply replicate it in a virtual environment. Remote learning requires the right technology and time to redesign learning experiences; it is complex!
Over the next year, thanks to the RISE grant, we will have the opportunity to further build out classroom technology so we are well-positioned and prepared for remote learning, and can expand course offerings for students through distance learning. We will partner with Outward Bound, Red Rocks Community College, Colorado Mountain College, and local organizations including The Mighty Argo, and Mountain Youth Network, to increase experiential learning for Students.
Most exciting is the opportunity to bring students to the table to help us redesign how we “do school”, thinking about what we’ve learned during pandemic learning.
We are incredibly grateful for the partnership and support of the Colorado Education Initiative (CEI), in the pursuit of this grant. CEI along with Colorado Succeeds brings talent and expertise to Clear Creek School District as our major supporters for the Homegrown Talent Initiative. Future opportunities now made possible as a result of receiving the RISE grant are an extension of the planning, dreaming, and implementation of our Homegrown Talent Initiative work with both CEI and Colorado Succeeds.
You can find the full list of RISE grant recipient’s here Governor Polis’s press release here.
A letter to students, families, teachers, staff, and the Clear Creek community from Superintendent Karen Quanbeck.
CCSD Educators & Families,
Recently a CCHS student told us how excited she is for Project Bike Tech to begin. She’s excited to learn about bike mechanics and bike industry careers. We chose Project Bike Tech (PBT) because it has had great success in Santa Cruz, CA and our neighbors in Frisco, CO. We chose PBT for its perfect fit with Clear Creek and our thriving outdoor industry and fantastic bike trails. We’re ready. We have a classroom and two instructors—Brian Inman, CCHS PE teacher, and Ben Shay, GOALs mentor and CCHS graduate.
PBT is just the beginning of our Homegrown Talent Initiative (HTI). It is these and other opportunities that are possible because of you, and we are grateful for your commitment, energy, and passion for our students.
That is why I am so excited to announce the creation of Clear Creek Schools Foundation. It supports academics and one of our district’s key priorities: Empowered Learners. The foundation supports PBT along with other academic pursuits such as robotics, literacy, and teacher grants.
Clear Creek Schools Foundation supports opportunities for every student in the district to engage in authentic, engaging learning experiences that will prepare them for a successful future. Some of our students are interested in careers in outdoor recreation, engineering, or veterinary medicine. Others are interested in hospitality or teaching. Whatever their interest, goals, or learning style, we want to provide them with authentic learning experiences, connected to our community.
The foundation comes during an especially exciting time for CCSD. It also comes at a challenging time, because we have funding needs for all of these incredible opportunities.
Please consider pledging your support to Clear Creek Schools Foundation
Current school funding does not allow for career-connected experiences, nor hands-on engaging learning opportunities, nor rich professional learning to support sustainable educator changes to pedagogy. State funding is insufficient. Clear Creek Booster Club has a distinct and important role in funding sports, clubs, and activities like after-prom and homecoming. 4A & 4B, the mill & bond passed in November 2018, supports capital projects and compensation to attract and retain staff.
Despite all of this amazing support, we have a gap in funding important academic programs. That is why we created the Clear Creek Schools Foundation.
Your pledge will help us make hands-on academic learning possible
Further, we plan to connect other local economic opportunities like ski tech, rafting, mining, and student internships in the community.
Should you be inspired to support this learning opportunity for students, through a donation, volunteering, or even if you’re not sure how, please complete this online pledge form.
Thank you for helping all kids succeed!
Thanks to our amazing sponsors:
Albert Frei and Sons
Colorado Education Initiative
Freeport McMoRan - A Climax Molybdenum Co
Mountain Youth Network
Rotary Club of Clear Creek
Evergreen Bicycle Outfitters